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Window Shopping

Posted in DESIGN, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , , on March 14, 2010 by echostains

On Stonegate

Shops spring up all the time in York – they come and they go.  It’s amazing what sort of shops make a go of it and others who you would think would be  popular just go out of business.  One of the most famous streets in York is Stonegate.  I love this street, not only has it got a great pub (Ye Olde Starre Inne), it also home to the haunted house (very strange place which I wrote about last year).

white stuff window

One of the shops which caught my eye is White Stuff.  This is a clothes shop.  The most interesting thing about this shop is that it has its own cinema! plus its own little bar.  Unfortunately I only found this out after looking for information.  I was very much  taken with the window display. 

Budgie detail

Budgies as a theme are I suppose unusual, but I just loved the way this display was done.   Large printed cardboard budgies with mirrors and millet and feathers all over the floor!

'Bend it like Peckham' window detail

They could have used sandpaper for the bottom of the ‘cage’ (window) but they had a much cleverer idea.  They put newspaper down.  It’s not any old newspaper though.  Someone has  gone to a lot of trouble to invent news stories and headlines featuring………. budgies!

bottle shop window

Here’s another shop that’s either sprung up lately – or we hadn’t noticed it.  This bottle shop is a veritable wonderland of beer.  I have never seen so many different beers under one roof before.   Not only is the window packed with them but there are two whole rooms of different bottles!

Little Bettys

Not a very good picture but, Little Betty’s window display on the same street also stood out.  Among the chocolate rabbits and easter eggs is a chocolate badger in milk and dark chocolate.  Makes a change from the usual bunnies.

mad March hares

Seeing that I have already featured March hares, white rabbits and Alice in Wonderland, I just had to get a picture of these prancing acrobatic ceramic hares frolicking in a shop window – delightful!

Bettys Cafe tearoom

White Stuff article

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Harvey Nicks? Hold that Springtime pose!

Posted in DESIGN, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER with tags , , , on April 17, 2009 by echostains

harvey-nichols-spring-has-sprung!

harvey-nichols-spring-has-sprung!

I took these photos the other day.  Harvey Nichols Manchester always has great window displays. 

harvey-nichols-always-bright-and-colourful

harvey-nichols-always-bright-and-colourful

 When I was at school I always wanted to be a window dresser.  It may have been to do with all my dolls I was always making clothes for and dressing.  I was always designing clothes, making clothes, getting my own style together.

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harvey-nichols-easter-09

 I like clothes that are feminine, but that also have historic references.  Vivienne Westwood is my idea of a fabulous designer.  I like the shape of her clothes (unfortunately my money is no  match  for her prices lol!)..and WHY shouldn’t she charge?!  I would!

dita-von-teese-wedding-westwood-gown

 

 

dita-von-teese-wedding-westwood-gown

By the time this post is viewed, I shall be back from my 2 day jaunt in the Ancient City of York!  Handy these automated posts are’nt they!

Not too busy to stop for Tea….

Posted in DESIGN, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , , on February 27, 2009 by echostains
blighty-ad-but where?

blighty-ad-but where?

I have been SO busy this week, I’ve not stopped!  I’ve hardly had time to blog even.  I need to get round to the magician part of page 19 in my Altered art book, but not had the time (plus I blog in advance as it is!).  I can’t remember which shop window I snapped this Blight Advert (Blighty is a new TV channel by the way).  I just LOVE the teapot!

blighty-ad-teapot detail

blighty-ad-teapot detail

 Also out and about Manchester town centre today I snapped this in the Harvey Nichols shop window.  I LOVE their window displays!

harvey-nicks-shop-window-today

harvey-nicks-shop-window-today